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dialogue between your father1 and me the morning we left London : he came to wish my Lord a good journey: I found him in the parlour. 'Sir,' said he, 'I may ask you how my son does; I think you hear from bim frequently: I never do.' I replied, 'Sir, I write him kind answers; pray do you do so?' He coloured, and said with a half mutter, ' Perhaps I have lived too long for him!' I answered shortly, ' Perhaps you have.' My dear child, I beg your pardon, but I could not help this. When one loves anybody, one can't help being warm for them at a fair opportunity. Dr. Bland2 and Mr. Legge were present— your father could have stabbed me. I told your brother G-al, who was glad.
We are as private here as if we were in devotion: there is nobody with us now but Lord Edgecumbe and his sons. The Duke of G-rafton and Mr. Pelham come next week, and I hope Lord Lincoln with them. Poor Lady Sophia is at the gasp of her hopes; all is concluded for his match with Miss Pelham. It is not to be till the winter. He is to have all Mr. Pelham and the Duke of Newcastle can give or settle; unless Lady Catherine should produce a son, or the Duchess should die, and the Duke marry again.
Earl Poulett4 is dead, and makes vacant another riband. I imagine Lord Carteret will have one: Lord Bath will ask
LETTER 119.—1 Eobert Mann, of Linton in Kent, formerly a merchant in London; Deputy Treasurer of Chelsea Hospital; d. 1751.
2  Dr. Henry Bland, Head Master of  Eton   School,   1719;   Canon   of Windsor, 1723-32; Dean of Durham, 1727; Provost of Eton, 1732; d. 1746. He was a schoolfellow and friend of Sir Robert Walpole.   His translation into Latin of Cato's Soliloquy (elsewhere mentioned by Horace Walpole) was published in the Spectator.
3  Hon. Richard Edgoumbe (1716-1761), succeeded Ma father in 1768 ;
M.P. for Plympton; served in the army; Lord of Trade, 1764-55; Major-General, 1755; Lord of the Admiralty, 1755-56 ; Comptroller of the Household, 1756-61. He waa an accomplished amateur artist, a wit, and a confirmed gambler. His portrait (with G-eorge Selwyn and 1 Gilly' Williams) was painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds for Horace Walpole, with whom was on terms of close friendship, and -whom he often visited at Strawberry Hill.
* John   Poulett   (cir.   1663-1743), first Earl Poulett.